Submitted to: Worldwide Web Site: Food Surveys Research Group
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/25/2008
Publication Date: 7/31/2008
Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. 2008. 2005-2006 What We Eat In America, NHANES Tables 1-8. Available: www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?docid=17041.
Interpretive Summary: USDA is responsible for monitoring and assessing the food intake of Americans. Under that mandate, the Food Surveys Research Group of the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, ARS/USDA, conducts the large-scale Federal food consumption survey, What We Eat In America (WWEIA), the dietary interview component of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). The information collected is used by public policy administrators and other government groups, the food industry, dietitians, as well as nutrition and health researchers. Dietary intake data collected in the 2005-2006 WWEIA, NHANES, have been analyzed, and 8 summary data tables have been developed. These tables provide estimates of mean intakes from food for energy and 61 nutrients/dietary components, as well as the contribution of protein, fat, carbohydrate, and alcohol to daily calorie intakes for 21 age/gender groups throughout the life cycle, as well as race/ethnicity and income groups. Race/ethnicity categories included white, black, and Mexican-American. Income data are reported as annual family income, as well as a percentage of the Federal poverty threshold. For the first time, data on choline intakes are reported. All tables are available on the FSRG Web site at http://www.ars.usda.gov/ba/bhnrc/fsrg. The availability and enhanced accessibility of these new tables is of benefit to users in need of current population-level information on nutrient intakes of Americans.
Technical Abstract: The Food Surveys Research Group of the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, USDA, conducts the What We Eat in America (WWEIA) survey, the dietary interview component of the National Health and Examination Survey (NHANES). In the survey, dietary intakes are collected yearly from a nationwide sample of 5,000 individuals using the USDA 24-hour dietary recall method: the 5-step Automated Multiple Pass Method. Dietary intake data are analyzed and summary tables for mean nutrient intakes from food are published for each 2-year survey release. The tables provide population level results from analyzed dietary data of mean nutrient intakes and the contribution of fat, protein, carbohydrate, and alcohol in the American diet. The 8 tables provide estimates of mean intakes and standard errors of the mean from food for energy and 61 nutrients/dietary components for 21 age/gender groups throughout the life cycle as well as race/ethnicity and income categories. Race/ethnicity categories included white, black, and Mexican-American. Income data are reported as annual family income, as well as a percentage of the Federal poverty threshold. Tables from WWEIA, NHANES 2005-2006, for the first time, reported data on choline intakes. All tables are available on the FSRG Web site http://www.ars.usda.gov/ba/bhnrc/fsrg.